Data Center Audit Program/Checklist

The Data Center is an integral part of an organization's IT infrastructure. As a matter of fact, the IT Data Center host all IT infrastructures and supporting equipment. To ensure the security, effectiveness and efficiency of an IT Data Center, periodic security assessment or inspection, in the form of audit is required to provide reasonable assurance to stakeholders and management that their investment in physical IT hardware and supporting equipment such as power, cooling, environmental, safety and security equipment/devices are reasonably protected and functioning optimally. As such, it is the responsibility of the internal audit team or such persons or department saddled with assurance or oversight duties to routinely perform audit of Data Center as required. In doing so, the scope of such audit should reasonably cover all aspects of Data Center Operations, infrastructures, administration, human capacity, relevance to the business, among others and should be part of the audit work program for the Data Center. Some of the key areas of the Data Center to be cover are not limited to the following.

    Data Center Administration and Organization

    Environmental Monitoring Controls

    Safety and Emergency Procedures

    IT Service Delivery Management

    IT Infrastructure Maintenance and Support

    Physical and Logical Access Controls

    Power Supply Management and Adequacy

    Redundancy and Operational Resilience

    Networking and Telecommunication Controls

    Human Capacity Management

    Third Party Services and Support

The PDF document below detailed the audit work program or checklist that can be used to successfully perform audit of an IT Data Center. The Controls specified therein are general controls, which can be adopted and used within the context of the users'/organizations' operating environments, regulatory policies as well as applicable laws/jurisdictions.


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